Democrat credits Trump with saving her life by touting coronavirus drug – The Sun

A DEMOCRATIC lawmaker in Michigan who was infected with the coronavirus credited President Donald Trump and his advocacy of hydroxychloroquine with saving her life.

State Rep. Karen Whitsett, who tested positive for the virus on Monday, said she began taking the medication on March 31 after receiving a prescription from her doctor.

Two weeks earlier, she and her husband sought treatment for a range of symptoms, including shortness of breath, swollen lymph nodes, and what felt like a sinus infection.

Once Whitsett took the drug, “it was less than two hours” before she started to feel relief, she said.

The Michigan House rep told the Detroit Free Press that she’s still dealing with headaches.

Whitsett said she was familiar with “the wonders” of hydroxychloroquine after a previous bout with Lyme disease, but didn’t believe her doctor would have prescribed it to her without Trump‘s backing.

She said she had been taking the drug in combination with antibiotics.

The president has touted the drug used to treat malaria as a possible treatment for the coronavirus at many of his daily press conferences.

However, medical experts – including top White House coronavirus task force expert Dr. Anthony Fauci – have said there’s no proof that the drug works as a cure.

Despite the warnings of medical experts, Whitsett said Trump’s comments helped her win the battle against the virus, which has killed more than 10,000 people around the country.

“It has a lot to do with the president…bringing it up,” she told the newspaper.

“He is the only person who has the power to make it a priority.”

When asked whether she believes Trump may have saved her life, Whitsett said: “Yes I do.”

“I do thank him for that,” she added.

Trump tweeted his congratulations Whitsett on Monday and said he was happy to hear she’s recovering.

“Congratulations to State Representative Karen Whitsett of Michigan,” he wrote.

“So glad you are getting better!”

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Whitsett also praised Trump’s relationship with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan for helping the city access the resources it needs to fight the ongoing pandemic.

There is no specific treatment for COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC advises anyone with mild symptoms to stay home and self-isolate, while those with severe symptoms should seek medical treatment.

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